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What is the purpose of the cotton that is placed in bottles of pain relievers?

What is the purpose of the cotton that is placed in bottles of pain relievers?

To make you happy: When i asked around by this i was given several reasons. The ones that made most sense to me were: 1) prevent pill breakage when shaken 2) it makes the customer happy because there is a nice clean fluffy white cotton ball - that way you know it is a fresh bottle and not used. ...Read more

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Pain Relievers (Definition)

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Why do medicine bottles have cotton & paper in there? R they supposed to be fresh to be effective?

Why do medicine bottles have cotton & paper in there?  R they supposed to be fresh to be effective?

Protection: They protect the pills from breakage. The label will have an expiration date for the medication. ...Read more

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Hurry what am i supposed to do with the cotton in pregnenolone supplement bottle?

Hurry what am i supposed to do with the cotton in pregnenolone supplement bottle?

Arts and crafts: The cotton (or cotton-like material) in a bottle of pills fills up the extra space in the bottle, helping to prevent the pills from tossing around during shipping. This keeps the outer surface of the pills in good condition. A patient can use the cotton to make arts and crafts, or if worried about medicine residue on the cotton, can just toss it into the trash. ...Read more

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I've been working on my feet at a restaurant sometimes 8-10 hours a day every day. What can I do to relieve the pain on my big toe, heels and legs. It hurts to walk most times. I have good shoes with insoles and i've had to put cotton balls on the side of

I've been working on my feet at a restaurant sometimes 8-10 hours a day every day. What can I do to relieve the pain on my big toe, heels and legs. It hurts to walk most times. I have good shoes with insoles and i've had to put cotton balls on the side of

Custom orthotics: See a foot specialist to check alignment of your foot. You may need more support than commercial available arch support. Shoes also need to be checked. A more rigid shoe is needed. It sounds like you have flat feet and are having symptoms that are consistent with this condition. Earth shoes may help offload the ball of your foot. ...Read more

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Wounded at center of foot sole and infected.the nurse use Iodine cotton to wash the wound without anesthesia .how to relive pain when dressing change?

Wounded at center of  foot sole and infected.the nurse use Iodine cotton to wash the wound without anesthesia .how to relive pain when dressing change?

Premedicate: When a wound change is performed, certainly it can hurt. The best thing to do, would be to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) 45 minutes before the wound change, or Motrin (ibuprofen) 30 minutes before. If you have other pain meds, you would want to take them BEFORE the wound change -the medicine needs to absorb into your system first. Sometimes some ice first or the 'cold spray' would help immediately. ...Read more

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I have an extremely terrible ear ache that makes it hard to eat, sleep or work. I have tried Tylenol, (acetaminophen) cotton balls and even a hot bottle water.

I have an extremely terrible ear ache that makes it hard to eat, sleep or work. I have tried Tylenol, (acetaminophen) cotton balls and even a hot bottle water.

Ear vs TMJ: Any other signs of TMJ problem? Painful chewing, limited oral opening, jaw clicking? if so, you probably have TMJ - see TMJ expert. If only ear pain, take OTC pain meds and see ENT doc. ...Read more

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Is cotton better for athletes in the heat?

Is cotton better for athletes in the heat?

No: There are new blends that pull the moisture away from the skin and these seem to be better. ...Read more

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Would an ordinary cotton line be used like floss?

Would an ordinary cotton line be used like floss?

Don't recommend it.: I don't know for certain what an ordinary cotton line would be, but I do know that dental floss is made to not leave fibers behind as you use it. Floss is the best thing, therefore, to use. ...Read more

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Is it okay to wear seamless underwear or is cotton better?

Cotton is best: Non-cotton thong panties are the worst. Both statements refer to risk for developing a urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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How possible is it to be allergic to cotton? What are symptoms if so?

How possible is it to be allergic to cotton?  What are symptoms if so?

Possible.: One may be allergic to just about anything. Symptoms would be the same as with any other allergy - skin rash on exposed areas. If the cotton fibers were aerosolized one could have itchy, watery, red eyes and watery, sneezing nose. ...Read more

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Is wearing a thick cotton winter shirt in the summer harmful for the skin or body?

Is wearing a thick cotton winter shirt in the summer harmful for the skin or body?

Not: Harmful. Just may be a bit warm. Question is why are you wearing a heavy shirt in summer. ? Are you always cold. See your doctor. Maybe some different tests could help you feel better ...Read more

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Why do I experience great discomfort and pain during my internal exams, even the cotton swab feels like a pointed skewer?

Why do I experience great discomfort and pain during my internal exams, even the cotton swab feels like a pointed skewer?

Vaginismus: involuntary vaginal spasm and pain, may be structural or psychological. Mention this to your GYN. Procedure are available to help and certain lubricants will make you more comfortable. Question?- do you experience pain during sexual intercourse or oral sex/penetration? ...Read more

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Cotton ear buds: should they not be used at all or just infrequently ?

Cotton ear buds: should they not be used at all or just infrequently ?

For what ????: Ear wax is made in the outer half of the canal & will usually fall out over time or can be pried out under direct vision. Cotton swabs will push the wax further into the canals for kids< ~ 9yo and lead to cerumen packed canals that become painful & obscure evaluation of the ear drum. I encourage parents to leave the ears alone & let me remove any wax i need to during exams. ...Read more

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Why are my lips always dry (and I always have cotton mouth)?

Why are my lips always dry (and I always have cotton mouth)?

Urinating more?: Hi. That's very little information, so obviously I can't say definitively. But increased thirst and increased urination are cardinal signs of diabetes, which is easy to test for. You could give us more information, or go see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a lodged piece of cotton in one`s ear cause deafness?

Can a lodged piece of cotton in one`s ear cause deafness?

Hearing loss: A cotton foreign body lodged in the ear canal will cause greater difficulty hearing while it is blocking the ear canal by blocking sound transmission to the middle ear. While this can significantly impair sound perception, it will not render one deaf. ...Read more